HAVE YOUR SAY OVER ROAD ROUTE

The consultation period for the Northern Orbital route started on 19th June and runs until 4th August. There will be an exhibition on 5th July in the Village Hall from 9am until 7pm. Although most of the route appears to have been decided, local people are being asked about the route east of Boughton and, crucially, two spur roads coming from the new road south to Moulton Park. One of these runs between the old churchyard and Moulton Lane, through one of the village’s farms. The impact of these roads and future development on the village cannot be overstated. Not only does the road’s close proximity have implications for Boughton but also further development. A county councillor recently admitted the new road was important to “help unlock housing and economic growth.” There is a link to the online consultation on the village website and Boughton Village Matters Facebook page.

START COLLECTING JUMBLE FOR AUTUMN SALE

On 2nd September the Village Hall is hosting a jumble sale from 2pm until 4pm. Please put aside bric-a-brac, unwanted gifts, games and clothes for a collection nearer the time. If you would like a contribution collected and stored, contact Cassie Handshaw on 844926.

BOUGHTON SCHOOL AND TRAFFIC ISSUES

Mary James, head teacher of Boughton Primary School, writes. “Thank you to local residents for their patience and understanding during events involving the whole school. The board of governors and staff recognise these occasions can be inconvenient but we are very grateful that our community understands how activities such as sports’ day, school assemblies and productions benefit the children. They are always published on the school website (www.boughtonprimaryschool.org.uk) but we plan to publish a monthly calendar to BVM to give residents as much warning as possible. Parents and visitors are always reminded to park with care and consideration. If there are villagers who could marshal at future events, please contact me on admin@boughtonacademy.co.uk A list of July events is on the Boughton Village Matters Facebook page.

NEW NOTICEBOARD FOR CHURCH STREET

The two rather dilapidated noticeboards on Church Street, which are owned by the Women’s Institute, are to be taken down and replaced by a new noticeboard. This will be paid for, in part, with a grant from Northamptonshire County Council.

GET THE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX

The village website now has a new facility that enables you to sign up for news alerts. Please visit http://boughtonnorthants.co.uk/index.php/news for more information.

FIRE AND RESCUE CONSULTATION

Northamptonshire’s Police Commissioner has announced a consultation regarding transferring the governance of the Fire and Rescue services, which currently rests with Fire Authority, to the Police Commissioner. The consultation runs until 1st August. For more information, visit www.northantsfireproposals.co.uk

SUMMER HOLS FOR BOUGHTON VILLAGE MATTERS

As usual, there is no village newsletter in August. BVM is back in September but the Facebook page will be updated regularly. Please don’t forget to send us any news items by the end of August. We’re also short of recipes, so look forward to hearing from Boughton’s keen cooks!

VILLAGE CHARITY TO HELP NEEDY STUDENTS

The Richard Humfrey (Education) Foundation provides financial assistance to students under 25 undertaking further education studies. It has charitable objectives and makes awards in cases of financial or personal hardship. Although the main round of applications is in the autumn, the Foundation will consider cases at any time of year. For more information contact the secretary Jill Gist on 847890 or jandrgist@tiscali.co.uk

APPLICATIONS FOR COMMUNITY GRANTS

Community groups in Boughton can apply for a grant for the year 2017/18. These must be received by Jayne Bunting, clerk to the Parish Council, by 7th July. Contact her on boughtonpc@btconnect.com for more information.

POCKET PARK FUNDRAISER POSTPONED

The Latino disco night in September has had to be postponed because of unforeseen circumstances. A new date will be set ASAP. Watch this space!

MARIE BOULLEMIER’S LUSH LEMON PEPPER CHICKEN

For the marinade:

  • 4tbsp clear honey
  • 1tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated
  • 2 leeks chopped
  • 3-4tsp cracked black pepper
  • 2 lemons, zest and juice

Ingredients:

  • 4 bone-in chicken breasts
  • 4-5 springs of rosemary
  • 1 lemon thinly sliced
  • 1½ lb baby new potatoes
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chopped, flat-leaf parsley

Method:

For the marinade, mix together all the marinade ingredients in a bowl until well combined. Take each chicken breast and score the skin four or five times with a sharp knife. Rub each breast with marinade, place in a bowl and pour over the remaining marinade. Cover and chill for at least 10 minutes but no longer than two hours. When ready to cook, heat the oven to 200f/180c/Gas Mark 6. Arrange the rosemary sprigs and lemon slices in the bottom of a roasting tray and tip in the potatoes. Place the chicken on top. Season to taste. Cook for 30 to 35 minutes or until the juices run clear. Cover the roasting tray with foil and allow it to rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Just before serving, scatter over the parsley.

DAVID HARROP’S COUNTRY DIARY

Doves are a recognised symbol of peace, aren’t they? Well not in my garden! The collared dove is now a common resident in the UK since it was first spotted breeding in Norfolk in the Fifties. They are also numerous in Boughton. A pair of collared doves (distinguished from the bigger wood pigeon by a black collar on the back of the neck) has built a nest in the wisteria on my patio’s pergola arch, two feet above our heads. We regularly have to walk under it to the garden. The pair took turns sitting on a single egg and have now successfully reared the chick. I can expect another brood soon as they usually sit twice. The nest is a meagre platform of small twigs and hard to see among the leaves but I’m aware of their beady little eyes on me as I pass. At first I expected them to be frightened off by human activity but they seem to trust us. Mind you, I had to move the barbecue further away.

What a war-like pair they are. The male sings constantly – a triple “coo, coo-oo, cuk” – with a marked accent on the second syllable. Woe betide any rivals coming near, which are promptly warned off. I’d had to move my bird table well away just to give him some rest. He’s confronted and seen off magpies and jays. It surprised me to see such behaviour from the so-called timid and peaceful dove, although he hasn’t gone so far as to chase us off yet.

I try to attract all sorts of birds to my garden and there have been numerous nests in boxes, hedges and trees by many common species. Usually, I stop feeding the birds in the summer breeding season as there is plenty of food around but resume again at the end of the autumn when nature’s bounty is becoming scare again.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • 10th July: Parish Council Meeting 7pm in the Village Hall.
  • 12th July: Congestion At School School trips in the morning (so coaches parked around 9am.) Leavers’ prom from 4.30pm until 6pm.
  • 2nd September: Jumble Sale in Village Hall 2pm until 4pm.
  • 18th September: Boughton Ladies Fellowship Annual Church service and shared supper. Contact Sue Greatorex (842332).
  • 3rd Monday: Ladies Fellowship, Church Rooms – contact Sue Greatorex 842332
  • 6th Monday: Chiropody service in Village Hall for residents only – contact 01536 771393
  • Every Monday: Pilates 12- 1pm Village Hall – contact Maree Jessen 07867853515
  • Every Tuesday: Pilates 6.30 – 7.30 pm Village Hall – contact Maree Jessen
  • Last Tuesday of month: Spencer Club – Mrs Cumbleton/Mrs Sallie 843652/843314
  • Every Thursday: Yoga 7.15 – 8.30pm – Contact Lizzy on 07950 573719

HIRE BOUGHTON VILLAGE HALL

  • Meetings
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Children’s Parties
  • Dances
  • Fundraisers

Contact Sandra Lee (01604) 843491

Next BVM issue is September 2017

EDITORS:

Helen Coghill: Pegasus House (01604) 841953 hmcoghill@doctors.org.uk

Charlotte Mackaness: Wickets Cottage (01604) 842311 charlotte@mackaness.net